Actor Mansoor Ali Khan fasts against govt project

Coimbatore: Tamil film actor Mansoor Ali Khan, lodged in the central jail in nearby Salem, today began a fast to protest against the multi-crore Chennai-Salem greenfield highway project, police said.

Khan was arrested on 14 June and jailed for speaking against the Tamilnadu government on the project and also allegedly intimidating people, which could have 'led to riots,' they said.

To express his opposition against the Rs 10,000-crore project, the actor, who had 'threatened' to hack eight people to death if the government went ahead with the same, refused to take food since this morning, police said.

Yesterday, a court in Salem district had granted conditional bail to environmentalist Piyush Manush, arrested in this connection, but had denied bail to the actor.


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